Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Also accredited to Macau

Media Release 20190307


Australian horses clear to race in Hong Kong

(7 March 2019) – The Australian and Hong Kong governments have agreed on interim measures to allow Australian horses to race in Hong Kong under agreed biosecurity conditions that will permit the horses to be exported back to Australia. The arrangement is intended to minimise the impact of the suspension of direct horse imports from Hong Kong to Australia, in place since October 2017.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources completed an assessment of the arrangement today (7 March 2019) and the interim arrangement is effective from 12 March 2019. The Department continues to progress an assessment of the equine disease free zone in Conghua, China.

The implementation of the interim arrangement will allow Australian racehorses to compete in the Champions Day races at Sha Tin in April 2019.

The Department appreciates the efforts of both the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Hong Kong Jockey Club in reaching this interim arrangement.

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Mr Gavin McDougall Tel: +852 2585 4418
Ms Simmy Lam Tel: +852 2585 4482